I'm sure you've seen it. That letter sent from a woman's husband describing how his "heart sank" upon seeing his wife's retouched boudoir photos. Who hasn't seen it? It's everywhere, it's beyond viral, and in my opinion, it's a crock.
Speaking as a woman who has personally modeled for four boudoir sessions, I can confidently say that if we wanted reality, we would look at ourselves in the mirror and save a few grand.
As a photographer who has shot well over 500 boudoir clients, I can confidently say that my clients may say the resulting photos are for a "him," but they are just as much for her, if not more. I do my best to avoid perceived flaws during capture and prefer a light touch in post-processing, but if my client wants more, I give her more, because in the end, I want my clients to look upon their photos with joy and pride and without a single ounce of regret.
Here's a letter from a recent client:
You made me so comfortable and confident that I left feeling like I had the biggest, sexiest secret in the world. My confidence was through the roof. Then, I saw the pictures! There wasn't one I didn't love and I couldn't believe that I was even more confident and happy with my choice. The gift for my husband went exactly like I planned — he went nuts. What I didn't anticipate is how this experience would reshape my perspective on so many other areas of my life.
I learned that I held so much untapped potential in me, so much confidence, and so much strength to try new things and I could trust that, just like the photos. I should anticipate the amazing.
Did I retouch her perceived flaws? You can bet on my forty-four year-old cellulite-ridden butt I did.
What do you think? Should you retouch your client until she's happy or let the photos be?